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Old 28-10-2019, 15:29   #1
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Packing tips?

I'm going back to the boat and packing my bags. My bags always get inspected. This year I'm checking 2 bags and they are full. I'm wondering if you left a note for the TSA person, would they take care of how I have packed my bag? I've had some inspectors toss my bag and leave it in shambles. This time, everything will not fit if it's not put back the same way. Do they care?
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Re: Packing tips?

Get bigger bags?
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I'm going back to the boat and packing my bags. My bags always get inspected. This year I'm checking 2 bags and they are full. I'm wondering if you left a note for the TSA person, would they take care of how I have packed my bag? I've had some inspectors toss my bag and leave it in shambles. This time, everything will not fit if it's not put back the same way. Do they care?
My short answer is that, no, i don't think they care. Their job is different from ours. We want to get our stuff home to the boat in good condition. They want to search bags thoroughly and quickly.

I had a little laptop computer, approximately the size of a tablet, and I stapled up a bubble wrap envelope for it. I put the computer in the envelope, and taped a stickit to the envelope, which said, " Please put my computer back in the envelope when you've checked it. I hope to protect it from violent baggage handling." One time, it was put back in the envelope, which was in the center of all the clothes. Another, it was not. YMMV

So, I'd say, it will depend on variables of the people who look at your possessions. I would imagine if you label bubble wrapped items, so they can see it on their fluoroscopes or x-rays, it may be okay. I'm not confident enough of this to give a percentage, but I would say maybe. Maybe 30%. But then, I am not an optimist child, either.

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